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6.30.16 – acts 18:5

I’d like to think that I am a fairly smart guy. Going back to my school years I made decent grades but I could have done better. One of the areas I struggled with was math. I know the reason is that I had no desire to learn or sometimes even listen to what was being taught. I saw no benefit in learning it. So I guess I fit into the, “you can lead a horse to water ……” Category. If our hearts aren’t in something the likelihood of fully grasping it is pretty slim.
As Paul continued his ministry into Corinth, like all cities he entered, he went to the synagogue to bring the message of Jesus. He was once again met with resistance from the Jewish contingency. They had chased him from 3 other cities and this must of been his proverbial last straw. From that point forward he didn’t refuse Jews but since their hearts were not open to the message of Jesus, he turned his focus to converting Gentiles.
In our own journey to bring the message of Jesus to friends, family and stranger alike, it is God who prepares hearts. Deliverance begins with desire. You will never argue your way to conveying the message of Jesus to another. You can’t debate salvation to it’s fruition. You can be aware of the message you send to others by your own actions. We should never have to force the issue of salvation. When the time is right for an opportunity to share Jesus, rest assured God will present it. Acts 18:5 – When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus.